Mother of boy killed in Tasmania’s jumping castle tragedy breaks her silence while his grandfather sends heartfelt message to the inflatable’s operator – as new details emerge about accident and nurse reveals struggle to save the victims
- Zane Mellor, 12, was one of five children killed in a tragic jumping castle incident
- His mother and grandfather spoke about their grief and how they’re coping
- The mother is grateful to community but said ‘nothing brings my baby home’
The mother of one of the Tasmanian jumping castle victims has told how she only wants her ‘baby home’ – as his grandfather spoke of his sympathy for the inflatable’s operator.
Zane Mellor, 12, was one of five children aged 11 to 12 who lost their lives when a jumping castle was blown 10 metres into the air by a freak wind gust at Hillcrest school in Devonport, northern Tasmania, on Thursday.
Nine children are believed to have fallen to the ground when the jumping castle collided with a tree and deflated. Three are still in intensive care and in a ‘bad way’, The Age reported.
Zane’s mother Georgina Gardam thanked the support from the Devonport community and Australia as a whole but said ‘nothing brings my baby home’.
His grandfather Richard Gardam said he felt for the inflatable’s operator.
‘I want to tell the fella he went there in good faith – we understand his grief,’ he told 7News. ‘He must be feeling bad.’
Zane’s family spoke of their grief as a nurse that was working in a nearby hospital on the day of the tragedy described the ‘phenomenal’ efforts staff made to help the injured children.